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Los Alamos - Mesa Public Library

2400 Central Avenue


The library was founded in 1943, just one year after Los Alamos was selected as the site for the Manhattan Project.  It was started as a  subscription library by 70 couples, each of whom donated $5.00 for the purchase of books, and was located in a small room in the Big House, one of the original buildings of the Boys Ranch School.  In 1945 it became a free library when the Army Post Recreational Council handed over financial responsibility to Army Post Special Services.  In 1946, the library became the Mesa Library, guided by a Library Committee of five, and in 1951 it became the Mesa Public Library, an independent corporation under contract with the Atomic Energy Commission.  At that moment the library had 30,000 volumes and 7,000 registered volumes.



Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
I love it. I go there every day.


Friday, May 26, 2017
We LOVE the library. As a mom, I spend most of my time downstairs in the children's section. They have a large variety of books and if they don't have something you can suggest a purchase. The children's library staff is really knowledgeable as in, I think they actually have read a large number of the books so when they make a suggestion, they know what they are talking about. There are a huge number of other activities too. From weekly music and story times to parties and scavenger hunts, plus a whole plethora of summer time activities to get the kids coming back multiple times a week. On top of all of that, there is the skate park, the play lot and a bus stop outside AND a small little toy area downstairs for the toddler to entertain themselves while their siblings find a book. I have never had such a great library. The one draw back, the parking lots are insufficient during the farmers market (also out front once a week during the summer). We have been late to story time more than once because we had to park across the street at the duck pond.


Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017
People there are so nice and friendly.

Adam Carlson

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
A really nice, architecturally interesting, library. Unique and well planned. Loved that the skate park was right next door. A great library to visit. As a visitor, I can't speak to the staff and library policies though.

Justin Neal

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016
This place has a great bookstore and plenty of cheap or free quality books from the libraries of former LANL scientists. There are also activities for kids, a skatepark, and a great natural lighting to read in a comfortable relaxing environment.

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